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20 Held in Chinatown Gambling Raids

May 20, 2010 |  1:28 am

Notice all the car dealers around 10th (Olympic) and Olive streets.  

Olive and Olympic 
Olympic and Olive via Google maps’ street view.


May 20, 1910: Sgt. Charles E. “Charlie” Sebastian, the future police chief and mayor of Los Angeles, leads another raid on gambling in Chinatown. Notice that the officers borrowed cars for the raid, perhaps because the department’s vehicles were unreliable. What’s particularly interesting is the description of all the hidden panels and compartments used to conceal evidence.

“It is said that the interior of Ah Chee's place is partially demolished. This has happened dozens of times before but he quickly rebuilds and makes the place more indestructible and his doors thicker,” The Times says.

May 20, 1910, Gambling Raid